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[Oct. 8th, 2008|08:05 am]
Be the change you want to see in the world

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[jesuisgringoire]
I'm in college.  I've dropped out three times and still have a full scholarship.  I'm thinking about a forth.  I'm a gay, vegetarian, anarcho-pacifist.  neo-pagan, too.  I could put myself into more boxes if you'd like.

I'd like to go off the grid.  I don't want to pay taxes.  I don't want to shop at wal mart.  I've had enough of bombs and sweatshops and industrial agriculture.  there are so many days where I feel like if I were to really listen to my conscience that I'd just get up and leave, hitchhike somewhere, stop using money.  I don't know how to do much.  I write a mean research paper, which is not exactly the sort of skill I need for this.  does anybody know of someone or somewhere I could go to?  I'd love to be a gypsy for a while - or settle down with some cool people and learn permaculture and some skilled trade things like carpentry or something.  renaissance fair nerds are cool too - I'm all about learning how to make my own clothes, instruments, and stuff like that.  I know I can't be the only one out there who feels this way.  the only reason I'm not already out on the road is because I'm afraid of doing it alone, and not knowing where to go.

what's up, folks?  anybody hear me?  anybody already doing this?
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[User Picture]From: jesuisgringoire
2008-10-11 04:43 pm (UTC)
heh, some things to think about:

there is a two day supply of food in LA at any given time. if/when the trucks stop coming in everyone is screwed. /doomsday ranting.

you contribute to society by helping create an alternative one, and at any rate you help by no longer contributing to the negative model. a friend of mine once explained how monks contribute to society...just by being there they're like trees...purifying the air by their presense, by living peacefully and prayerfully. not sure if you're into spiritual things, but I think there's a strong case that living good can help even if you aren't actively doing things in the mundane sense.
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From: grizzlyeric
2008-10-12 04:28 am (UTC)
I like that monk analogy, I will think about that as I go to sleep. I have a desire to hit the road, but I'm married and in graduate school. I love libraries and learning, and music which is what I'm studying, so I can't bear to break away, but I'm dreaming about it every day. I'm trying to use my twenties to try out different things and figure out what's useful and where I'm going. My mantra is, if you don't know where you're going, any path will take you there.

I think mean research papers are useful (Ward Churchill comes to mind). Real change comes through intrinsic motivation and it's really helpful for the info to be out there when people are ready. Though, I am not sure how many more papers we need about post-structural dialectic insert-jargon-here-BS that academia spews forth every year.
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[User Picture]From: jesuisgringoire
2008-10-13 09:00 pm (UTC)
no, don't apologize - it's encouraging and good to hear people processing stuff. you don't necessarily have to buy land - while alaska is kind of an extreme example, they still do homesteading there. the government will give it to you if you ask. it'd be hard as hell and I am a suburban kid with no idea what to do, but it's hypothetically possible to still go live off the land there. there are other options too - getting a group together beforehand, or joining an established place like Dancing Rabbit or East Wind in Missouri, or Twin Oaks back east...you don't have to do it yourself.

the more I'm exposed to this stuff the more convinced I become that taking responsibility for ourselves is the best we can do...by being a viable alternative we're a powerful criticism of the system. I mean, I've never even visited some of the places and people I've heard about and they're really, really significant encouragement to me - just the fact that East Wind and Freegans exist means it can be done...

but no, I love rants, no worries =)
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